Save Loktak Lake Campaign

Worldwide Save Loktak  Lake Campaign
25+ Cities in 3 continents

The campaign is an awareness programme initiated by NECEER, Imphal for the conservation of Loktak Lake. More than 600 volunteers and 32 city Coordinators are involved in organizing this campaign. The campaign is to create awareness about the conservation of Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. The lake was recognised as Ramsar site in 1990. Keibul Lamjao, the only floating national park in the world is situated at the south west part of the lake. It is home to the endangered Manipur brow antlered deer ‘Sangai’ - Cervus eldi eldi and many endangered species. The lake is an Important Bird Area identified by BNHS, Mumbai and Birdlife International.

Involvement of youth and mobilization of public for the conservation of Loktak Lake is the main objective of the campaign. The campaign is supported by more than 20 international and national organizations. The campaign will conclude in 2012 with a grand campaign at the vicinity of the Lake by involving the local inhabitants, local NGOs and Government officials.

About Loktak Lake:

Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. It has an area of 300sq km and has been recognised as Ramsar site in 1990. Keibul Lamjao, the only floating national park in the world is situated at the south west part of the lake. It is home to the endangered Manipur brow antlered deer ‘Sangai’ – Cervus eldi eldi and many endangered species. The lake has been a main source of income and sustenance for inhabitants of the area. For the last few decades the lake has been facing all round destructions due to both natural and anthropogenic activities. Rapid expansion of ‘Phoomdis*’, siltation, pollution, agriculture and adverse effect from Loktak Hydropower Project are some of the main problems which had led to an alarming destruction of the lake.



1. Siltation: due to excessive deforestation in adjoining hills and shifting cultivation (jhum) along the catchment area
2. Eutrophication: the lake is eutrophic due to increased loading of P,N into lake caused due to dumping of domestic waste, inflow of organochlorine pesticide from paddy fields
3. Pollution:  untreated industrial waste which has resulted into increased growth of macrophytes, phytoplanktons and thereby escalating water pollution.
4. Loktak Hydroelectric Power Plant:  The impacts of Loktak Hydel Project includes inundation of agricultural fields of catchment area, decline in diversity of avifauna and pisces, thinning of phoomdis which threatens the potential habitat of Sangai deer, and siltation due to outflow of silt- laden water. Encroachment for agricultural activities and fish farms.  

* Phoomdis are floating islands of heterogeneous masses of vegetation, soil and organic matter in different stages of decay. They cover a substantial part of the lake area and are found in different shapes and sizes. Keibul Lamjao National Park, the largest single mass of phoomdi is the world’s only floating national park covers an area of 40 km2; the park is the natural habitat of endangered Sangai, found only in this area.





  SAVE LOKTAK LAKE CAMPAIGN 
     SUCCESS STORIES     



First Phase : March 2010 (REPORT)
  1. New Delhi, Delhi (India): Ms. Mehnaz
  2. Guwahati, Assam (India): Mr. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
  3. Silchar, Assam (India): Mr. Chinmoy Choudhury
  4. Imphal, Manipur (India): Mr. Mohen Naorem
  5. Shillong, Meghalaya (India): Ms. RK. Jashmi Devi 
Press releases
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Second Phase : April and May 2010 (REPORT)
  1. Mumbai, Maharashtra (India): Mr. James 
  2. Kolhapur, Maharahtra (India): Mr. Lulel Sagolsem 
  3. Melli, Sikkim (India): Mr. Puran Giri
  4. Darjeeling, West Bengal (India): Mr. Puran Giri
Press releases
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- Third Phase: 2011 -
  1. Pune, Maharashtra (India): Mr. Anthony Moirangthem & Mr. RK Jyotin 
  2. Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Mr. Thangjam Bicky
  3. Puducherry, (India): Ms. Chanchan Yumnam 
  4. Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (India): Mr. Rajiv and Ms. Mary  Thangjam 
  5. London, UK: Ms. Annie Khaidem  
  6. Chengdu, China: Ms. Valentina Ningombam 
  7. Bengaluru, Karnataka: Ms. Leika Yumnam, Mr. Harjeet Sinam and Ms. Ema Fatima 
  8. Patna, Bihar: Mr. Sumit Rana
- Fourth Phase - 
  1. Tulsa, Oklahama, USA: Mrs. Shanti Thokchom  
  2. Washington, USA: Mr. Birjit Ningomba
  3. New York, USA: Mr. Fisher

- Fifth Phase -
  1. Chandigarh, Punjab: Ms. Irengbam Malemnganbi
  2. Baroda, Gujarat: Ms. Yambem Kripali
  3. Nagpur, Maharashtra: Mr. Khaidem Athouba Meitei
  4. Bikaner, Rajasthan: Mr. Dilip

- Sixth Phase -
  1. Bhubaneshwar, Orissa: Mr. Santosh Kumar Sethi
  2. Kolkata, West Bengal
  3. Agartala, Tripura
  4. Aizwal, Mizoram

- Last Phase -

Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishenpur, Churachandpur, Sadar Hills, 
Senapati, Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Jiribam (Manipur, India)
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    LOKTAK LAKE (2012)
     
    - Contact -
      Email: neceer.imp@gmail.com / info.neceer@gmail.com
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